Class 1 District 10: 2014-15 All-District basketball teams

Since all teams in Class 1 District 10 have been eliminated from postseason play, it’s time to release this list as well. Like most All-District lists, my guess is the players are listed in order of votes gathered by coaches, starting with the top vote-getter and working down the list.

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Blake Hackman, sr., Glasgow
  • Bryant Hubbard, jr., Glasgow
  • Garrett Johnson, soph., Northwestern
  • Russell Shaw, sr., Keytesville
  • Wil Clark, soph., Higbee
  • Max Sinclair, jr., Tina-Avalon
  • Kennedy Davis, soph., Glasgow
  • Jacob Beal, jr., Higbee
  • Curtis Huffman, sr., Northwestern
  • Kolten Linscott, sr., Northwestern

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Abby Thompson, sr., Glasgow
  • Morgan Schupback, sr., Keytesville
  • Devin Grossman, soph., Hale
  • Blakeley Fuemmeler, sr., Glasgow
  • Sabrina Huddleston, soph., Higbee
  • Lilly Churan, soph., Tina-Avalon
  • Rhiannon Runyon, soph., Higbee
  • Abby Koehl, jr., Keytesville
  • Hope Clark, sr., Higbee
  • Tesa Pearman, sr., Keytesville
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Class 2 District 7 basketball: 2014-15 All-District teams

Since all of the Class 2 District 7 teams have been eliminated from postseason play, I’ll go ahead and post this All-District list I received last week. It’s just one team of 10 players. By my guess, the list goes from top to bottom, starting the the highest vote-getter and working its way down.

The media will pick its All-District teams sometime next week and they will most likely be published the following week.

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Brady Francis, sr., Salisbury
  • Lane Springer, sr., Salisbury
  • Tanner White, sr., New Franklin
  • Matt Edwards, jr., Westran
  • Drew Ewens, sr., Harrisburg
  • Jacob Denslow, jr., Westran
  • Keegan Wyatt, sr., Salisbury
  • Bryan Bolton, sr., Harrisburg
  • Andrew Krause, sr., Sweet Springs
  • Garrett Francis, soph., Salisbury

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • Kirsten Southerland, sr., Harrisburg
  • Madi Lyons, sr., New Franklin
  • Nicole Bright, sr., Sweet Springs
  • Sarah Willhite, sr., Salisbury
  • Mackenzie Hombs, sr., Westran
  • Hailey Lowrey, sr., Harrisburg
  • Aislinn Himmelberg, sr., New Franklin
  • Bailey Ivicsics, jr., Harrisburg
  • Ashleigh Bright, sr., Sweet Springs
  • Kortnee Vaught, jr., Sweet Springs
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Lewis & Clark Conference: 2014-15 All-Conference basketball teams

Now that the basketball seasons are completed for all 10 teams in the Lewis & Clark Conference, it’s time to go ahead and give you the 2014-15 All-Conference basketball teams. For you Fayette fans, I think you’ll recognize four of the names on this year’s list.

Looking at this boys All-Conference list, I’d say Westran is definitely the favorite to win the Lewis & Clark next season.

BOYS BASKETBALL

First team

  • Brady Francis, sr., Salisbury
  • Matt Edwards, jr., Westran
  • Lane Springer, sr., Salisbury
  • Daniel Corbin, jr., Marceline
  • Jacob Denslow, jr., Westran
  • Keegan Wyatt, sr., Salisbury
  • Brant Francis, sr., Paris
  • Makenzie Fessler, soph., Marceline
  • Davis Valencia, sr., Fayette
  • Blake Linebaugh, sr., Marceline
  • Kellen Schermerhorn, jr., Westran

Honorable mention

  • Dylan Painter, soph., Paris
  • Garrett Francis, soph., Salisbury
  • Blake Dawson, fr., Fayette
  • Tommy Phillips, soph., Fayette
  • Cole Skinner, sr., Slater

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen an All-Conference list that consists of 20 players, and only three of them were seniors. That should make for a competitive girls conference race next year.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

First team

  • Elaine Ewigman, soph., Marceline
  • Sarah Willhite, sr., Salisbury
  • Drew Lockhart, fr., Paris
  • Mackenzie Hombs, sr., Westran
  • Britany Williams, soph., Paris
  • Hayley Kendrick, sr., Salisbury
  • Molly Shoop, jr., Marceline
  • Jordan Allen, jr., Slater
  • Haleigh Strodtman, jr., Fayette
  • Betsy Embree, soph., Paris
  • Cory Burton, soph., Westran

Honorable mention

  • Marchya Jackson, soph., Salisbury
  • Breanna Wright, jr., Slater
  • Abby Naylor, soph., Salisbury
  • Maddy Denslow, fr., Westran
  • Abbie Wheelan, jr., Paris
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Predictions for Day Five of the 2015 Class 2 District 7 tournament

Well, C2D7 followers, I have some good news and some bad news.

The good news is never fear, your predictions are here. The bad news is I won’t be attending today’s games in Salisbury and will be covering the Class 1 District 10 championship games at Glasgow instead. One of these days, maybe I’ll find a way to clone myself so I don’t have to pick one over the other in the future, but today is not that day.

District championships are on the line. Who do ya got?

No. 2 Sweet Springs (G) vs. No. 1 Harrisburg (1 p.m. tip-off): Harrisburg head coach Dan Bachmeier said the roller coaster ride we saw Wednesday night was a pretty good summary of his team’s season. We saw this team get hot and then come close to panicking late. But today, I don’t think we’ll see Harrisburg build a 22-point lead against Sweet Springs. This Greyhound team continues to impress me game after game, and after all, they only lost by 11 points to Tipton, which awaits the winner of this game in the state sectionals. Sweet Springs has never won a district championship. Harrisburg is trying to wins its fourth in six years. How can you not side with experience in this game? Prediction: Harrisburg 57, Sweet Springs 52.

No. 2 New Franklin (B) vs. No. 1 Salisbury (2:45 p.m. tip-off): Will the third time be the charm today for New Franklin? Tanner White is 15 points shy of 1,600 for his career, and the Bulldogs will have to go to him often today, so I like his chances of reaching that mark. Salisbury won the first meeting by 13 on a neutral court, then won by 8 on New Franklin’s floor. One may say New Franklin is getting closer and closer to figuring out Salisbury, and that may very well be true. But this is a home game for Salisbury, and man, that crowd was electric Thursday night when the Panthers played Harrisburg, especially during that early 17-0 run. Honestly, for New Franklin to pull off the improbable today, it can’t afford to let Salisbury go any further than 6-0 runs today. The Bulldogs might want to take a page out of Harrisburg’s playbook and try to force some early foul trouble (Brady Francis had 3 fouls in the first quarter vs. Harrisburg). New Franklin sealed its first 20-win season in nine years this week. Can the Bulldogs win their first district title in nine years as well? Prediction: Salisbury 66, New Franklin 52.

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Predictions for Day Four of the 2015 Class 2 District 7 Tournament

Well, it looks like we’re going to have an unusual semifinal tripleheader tonight at Salisbury. Please don’t get me started on why there was only one game last night in the Class 2 District 7 tournament.

Anyhow, moving on with tonight’s picks…

No. 3 New Franklin (G) vs. No. 2 Sweet Springs (5 p.m. tip-off): I basically copy and pasted what I wrote last night, because there’s no reason to change a thing and I don’t think an extra day of practice will make much of a difference. This ought to be one heck of a game. Sweet Springs has definitely earned this seed, and as I look back at their schedule, that 4-point loss to Santa Fe looks really impressive. And with only eight players, the Lady Greyhounds have won 17 games this season. However, New Franklin is definitely playing its best basketball of the season. The Lady Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight. And c’mon, who doesn’t want to see a rematch of last year’s district championship game? Prediction: New Franklin 46, Sweet Springs 44.

No. 4 Harrisburg (B) vs. No. 1 Salisbury (6:30 p.m. tip-off): Well, looking back at the C2D7 history, Salisbury ended Harrisburg’s season in 2011, and again in 2012 en route to a state title. But don’t overlook the Bulldogs tonight. Six of their 14 losses have come against either 20-win teams or state-ranked opponents. Many of those other losses have been against Class 3 or Class 4 opponents. However, it’s very hard to overlook a Salisbury team that is 25-0 and has looked strong all season long. And this game is on its home floor. Prediction: Salisbury 64, Harrisburg 52.

No. 3 Westran (B) vs. No. 2 New Franklin (8 p.m. tip-off): If you are Westran, you’ve got to think that the third time is the charm, right? The Hornets fell to New Franklin 57-42 in the first round of the New Franklin Tournament (and Tanner White missed most of the second half with an ankle injury), then lost their regular-season meeting 50-36. It’s been pretty up and down for Westran since then, beating a state-ranked Community team and then losing to Marceline at home after beating the Tigers by 12 points on the road. New Franklin is going for its first 20-win season in probably close to a decade tonight. Let’s see if they get it. Prediction: New Franklin 64, Westran 56.

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Predictions for Day Three of the 2015 Class 2 District 7 Tournament

We’re to the semifinals, and it will be a pair of girls games tonight.

No. 4 Westran vs. No. 1 Harrisburg (6 p.m. tip-off): Harrisburg hasn’t played since last Tuesday, and a coach can look at that one of two ways. First, the extra rest would be nice, and with a few banged-up players, it was some much needed down time for Harrisburg. However, sometimes a layoff can throw off a team’s rhythm. Well, we will find out tonight. In the end, I think Harrisburg’s experience wins out and puts the Lady Bulldogs back in the title game. Prediction: Harrisburg 63, Westran 49.

No. 3 New Franklin vs. No. 2 Sweet Springs (7:30 p.m. tip-off): This ought to be one heck of a game. Sweet Springs has definitely earned this seed, and as I look back at their schedule, that 4-point loss to Santa Fe looks really impressive. And with only eight players, the Lady Greyhounds have won 17 games this season. However, New Franklin is definitely playing its best basketball of the season. The Lady Bulldogs have won seven of their last eight. And c’mon, who doesn’t want to see a rematch of last year’s district championship game? Prediction: New Franklin 46, Sweet Springs 44.

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I’m about to head out the door to Salisbury, so I’ll make some quick predictions for the Class 1 District 10 semifinals in Glasgow.

Girls: Glasgow 44, Tina-Avalon 36

Boys: Glasgow 68, Higbee 43

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Predictions for Day Two of the 2015 Class 1 District 10 Tournament

I’m about to take off for Salisbury, but before I do, let’s recap last night’s action and make some picks for tonight’s games, shall we?

No. 1 Glasgow (G) 58, No. 8 Brunswick 25: If Brunswick had not outscored Glasgow 11-0 in the fourth quarter, it would’ve looked more like the score of their first two meetings. Abby Thompson led Glasgow with 11 points and Blakeley Fuemmeler also had 10 points.

No. 1 Glasgow (B) 79, No. 8 Malta Bend 29: It was 45-4 at halftime. 45-4. All 10 Glasgow players scored, led by 16 points and eight rebounds from Kennedy Davis, who I hear also had a one-handed dunk in the game. Not bad for a 6-foot-4 sophomore.

No. 4 Tina-Avalon (G) 55, No. 5 Northwestern 39: I didn’t really follow this game last night, but based on their previous meetings this season, this outcome sounds about right.

No. 4 Higbee (B) 76, No. 5 Keytesville 63: Higbee followed a below-average first half with an explosive second half. There were times when Higbee was leading by 10 or so points in the fourth quarter with three minutes to play, and I began to think they would start holding the ball and kill time. Nope, that’s not their style. Higbee scored 49 points in the second half and Jacob Beal led the way with 34 points, making an astounding eight 3-pointers.

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And here are my picks for tonight’s games. Let’s see if I can start the week going 8-for-8.

No. 7 Malta Bend (G) vs. No. 2 Keytesville (4:30 p.m. tip-off): I’ve seen Keytesville play once this year, and I assume they’ll have this game in the bag tonight. Prediction: Keytesville 65, Malta Bend 33.

No. 7 Hale/Bosworth (B) vs. No. 2 Northwestern (6 p.m. tip-off): Again, for a 2/7 game, I’d be surprised if Northwestern doesn’t have the running clock to start the fourth quarter. Prediction: Northwestern 75, Hale/Bosworth 36.

No. 6 Hale/Bosworth (G) vs. No. 3 Higbee (7:30 p.m. tip-off): The Higbee girls are going for 20 wins tonight, which would be their first 20-win season since 1982. Not too shabby for second-year head coach Tanner Burton, who wasn’t even alive the last time Higbee had a 20-win season. Prediction: Higbee 67, Hale/Bosworth 38.

No. 6 Brunswick (B) vs. No. 3 Tina-Avalon (9 p.m. tip-off): I was pretty impressed to see Brunswick beat Cairo by 18 points a few weeks ago. The Wildcats are going to need some of that magic again tonight to get past Tina-Avalon, their future CLAA foe. Prediction: Tina-Avalon 59, Brunswick 38.

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